* Posts by Shadow Systems

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Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

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34 seconds? BAH! =-D

I've got it playing in an endless loop in the background on my computer right now!

I've been listening to it for at least the last hour, & TheVoicesInMyHead assure me it's the best thing they've heard on the radio in ages!

=-)p

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

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Cue the hackers in 3, 2, 1...

They'll figure out how to rename & re-authenticate the Edge executable so that (Chrome|FireFox|Whatever) is in it's place such that when That Digital Spying Bitch tries to launch Edge with Bing, it pops up with their browser instead.

Then MS will find out about it, force an update down your throats, which will trigger the hackers again.

It's a race to the bottom: MS will win & everyone else that uses W10 will lose.

Glad I won't be touching that festering pile of excrement. My next machine will come from someplace like System76.

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UC Davis chancellor suspended after headlines like this one undo $175,000 online name-scrubbing efforts

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"Linda’s professional reputation"?

Linda, your reputation is mud. You did it to yourself. It's nobody's fault but your own. The proverbial falling on one's sword won't help you unless you do it literally.

Hiring your own family members in blatant nepotism & at pay ranges that make a tech tycoon's look paltry in comparison.

Ordering the pepper spraying & beating of students gathered in peaceful protest.

Using Uni funds for personal expenses that had nothing to do with your job & wouldn't pass the "sniff test" of anyone's ethics committee.

Then paying a ludicrous sum of money to try & cover it up.

ALL of which is being paid for by the students you claim to love so much?

Of COURSE you love them, you're riding in the lap of luxury on the backs of their indentured servitude!

Do the students, the Uni, & the world in general a favor - FOAD.

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Microsoft fingered for Western Euro PC tragedy

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It's all Microsoft's fault!

Everything that's wrong in the world is entirely Microsoft's fault, from poverty in Third World places like Seattle, to starvation in impoverished places like Washington DC, to the high price of basic life saving medications in such backwater places like Canada! They're even solely responsible for my atheletes foot, the dingleberries on my dog, & the fact that the squirrels are insane.

Death to Microsoft!

*Head explodes from the sarcasm*

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The case for ethical ad-blocking

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Re: First questions first

Let me hand you a powered megaphone & help you to the roof so you can shout that at the tops of your lungs for everyone to hear!

Blocking ads isn't unethical, it's the ethical, moral, & smart thing to do. You wouldn't put up with someone digging in your kitchen trash bin to find all the current muck on you, then shouting in your face about how some product you bought wasn't as good as another, while simultaneously giving you a scathing case of SpaceHerpes for having listened to them, so why allow it to happen via your browser either? The advertisers set tracking cookies to datamine the hell out of you (dig through your trash), use that data to target ads to you (shouting about products you've used), and shag the hell out of your computer from all the virus', malware, & zero day exploits they spaff (SpaceHerpes), so PROTECTING YOURSELF IS NOT UNETHICAL.

I'll stop protecting myself when you acknowledge your personal, financial, & criminal liability for your actions.

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Dear Advertisers, pucker up & KMA.

If I access the internet via a cellular modem & cellular data plan, then I pay for everything I download. If you want me to download your ad then you need to pay me for my bandwidth to do so. You refuse to pay me, then I refuse to download you. It's that fekkin simple. Your ad costs me money, so I'll not download it out of the goodness of my heart.

*Pointing* There's my arse. Pucker up & start snogging. Bonus points for using tongue.

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Good enough IT really is good enough. You don't need new hardware

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Re: It's all about balance...

Practice makes perfect. =-D

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@Smitty...

Enjoy a pint from me for every upvote the system won't let me give you, just try not to get alcohol poisoning in the process.

(Envisions giving the computer a hefty *THROW* to accellerate it on the way down, the better to maximize the splatter pattern.)

MUH Hahahahahahahahaha...

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T-Mobile US gobbles up another 2.2m customers

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Re: Friends Don't Let Friends Switch to T-Mobile

I'm only able to speak for my own experience, but my cellphone with Verizon never got more than two (2) bars while sitting at home, but then would jump to four or five once I got on the freeway. The moment I switched to T-M, I've got a different but still basic phone, & now I get four to five bars at home or full signal if I hit the freeway.

I'm in Modesto rather than SF or SJ, but given Verizon claims I'm "fully covered" yet can't deliver more than one to two bars in the *exact same space* that T-M gives me four or five, makes me all the happier to have switched.

My folks are currently with AT&T and they hate it. The only reason they haven't switched to T-M yet is because they can't afford the ETF raping that AT&T would give them. As soon as that contract is over though, they plan to switch so fast it'll make AT&T's knickers wedgie up over the AT&T CxO's head.

Is the AT&T service in the SF bay area *that* much better? I'd be honestly surprised that T-M doesn't drop kick AT&T in the bollocks at their own game. They've certainly given Verizon a thorough & shameful trouncing.

*Happily waves a tiny "Team T-M" flag & hoots "Yippee!" like a git*

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They have an easy path to follow.

All they have to do to succeed handsomely is to watch what AT&T and Verizon do, then do the exact opposite instead.

I'm now a happy T-M customer & gleefully give Verizon The Finger with both hands, feet, tentacles, testicles, & all my noodley bits in derrision.

Verizon sucks so hard it makes BlackHoles jealous.

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LG: Stop focusing on Apple and Samsung. There's us. And our G5. Look at it. Look at it

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Does it take an SD card?

I listened to the article twice but heard no mention of expandable memory. A removeable/replaceable battery & SD card slot are pretty much the deal makers/breakers as far as a phone goes. If it doesn't have either of those, I'll have to look elsewhere.

I don't want a phone that becomes a brick when the battery dies, I want to buy a new/extended capacity battery to prolong the life.

I don't want to keep having to sync the phone to a computer, or fiddle with a special USB cable to hook it to a computer, or a USB OTG cable to slap in a USB memory stick, I just want to pull the SD card from one, slip it in the other, & Get Shit Done.

As far as it being "modular" I can metaphoricly see it being a boon - a module could be devised with a massively extended capacity battery to make it last for days on a single charge, or a "double stack" for standard batteries such that you can remove one to replace it & still have the other to keep the unit going. I can envision having a module for extra ports, like a couple of USB for added connectivity to assist the "use it like a laptop" crowd. Or a module with a dedicated GPU +VRAM to boost the device ability to drive 4K monitors/tvs/etc. The modules MIGHT be useful IF they can convince enough developers to start creating.

But if there's no removeable battery & SD card, I won't be one of their customers.

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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: Amazon

It's even worse if you use their "Accessibility page". You get limited choices, then to add insult to injury they limit the search results to *ten* per page. If your search results in umpteen thousand hits, there's no way to display anything more or less than the default, no way to jump to any given page (you can TRY to edit the url but it fails), so you've got no choice but to go through however many pages it takes to get to what you were REALLY trying to find.

You end up so disgusted with the "Accessible" pages that you go back to the main (normal?) one instead. It's like they *intended* to piss you off so much that you HAVE to use the normal version in order to Get Shit Done.

Yet it wouldn't be that hard to make the normal site into an Accessible one, they would just have to start LABELING their screen elements & lose the auto-trigger-on-first-reached-entry drop down menus (so it only activates on the entry selected when/if we cycle to it & hit Enter). But evidently that's too much like work, so it'll never happen. They're too busy fluffing & crufting their pretty bits to bother fixing the fact that they're busy polishing a turd to make it shiny.

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Bloat on the web?

No shit Sherlock.

When even the best of them wrap ~2Kb of Content in over 2MEGS of cruft, is there ANY wonder why the shit is slow? Between all the tracking, scripting, third party loaded crap, & various widgets falling out the arse, by the time the *Content* gets loaded we've forgotten why the fuck we've arrived.

Look at this very page delivering this article. How much does it equate to if you Select All, Copy, & Paste it into a plain text document? Now tell your browser to Save As Plain Text. Notice anything funny? Now save it as a single page "Web Archive" & compare the sizes again. Shocking isn't it? For a real head shaker, tell your browser to Save As a complete web page, images & all, THEN go check the total size of the results. And if you have a cellular internet connection where you pay for what you download, that shit adds up REAL fekkin fast.

Now how much of that download is ads that YOU have just paid to be force fed? And the advertisers wonder why the hell we block them?

WebDevs need to reevaluate how they do this job. I know it's not easy, but if your backside were as big & bloated as your code, they don't make circus tents big enough to fit them.

Put your code on a diet, deliver smaller, lighter, faster loading pages that don't take so damned long to render. Just because we HAVE a computer with gigs of RAM doesn't mean the browser should USE it all to render your page.

You'd be right chuffed if your auto mechanic told you that since your car COULD hold a few hundred kilos in the boot, they were going to store their entire tools chest in there "just in case" it broke down. What's that, you don't NEED all your tools in the trunk? Too bad. Your mechanic said that's the way it is, so YOU can just shut the fek up & deal with the reduced gas mileage, wear & tear on the tires, & loss of boot space.

See how stupid that is? Yeah. It's pretty bad when the BLIND GUY can see just how screwed up it is, donchyathink?

=-/lead in it to

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How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

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@Dr_N, re: your answer.

I like your answer & would send you a pint.

I once used the reply of "I dunno, do you have time for an ass kicking?" For some ODD reason they left in a hurry. Oh darn.

*Cackle*

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Video folk, you'll love the 96TB, 2.6GB/sec LaCie 12big HDD

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Gimmie! =-D

So. Much. Porn...

*Comedic happy drooling*

I'll get my coat, it's the one with all the Youtube cat videos.

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Hey, Atlantis Computing. What the heck is this in your EULA?

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Just ask a U.S. Californian to do it.

As Frederic Blogg said above, California has already declared such clauses unenforceable, so hand one of us the money, ask us to buy the product, & we'll happily send back an exquisitely, excrutiatingly, epicly detailed report of every flaw, hiccough, UI derrangement, data losing, privacy screwing, Streisand Effect worthy bit to report. We won't mind, especially since it'll mean getting to twist the knife in their guts over a product that they can't stop us from reviewing.

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Bay Area man forced out of his $400 box home

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The housing situation in the Bay is obscene.

A "living wage" in the area means you have to be making Seven Figures a year just to afford an apartment, or Eight Figures for a house. It will be a tiny, cramped, crappy little thing among hundreds of other crappy little things, packed together like sardines in a tin. If you want "comfortable" or "roomy" then your income needs to be at least Nine Figures, which means you're not flipping burgers, pushing a broom, or scrubbing toilets for a living. Parking? That's out on the street with all the other residents that have a parking sticker, but good luck FINDING a spot given that there's a hundred of you battling for the ~25 spaces on the block that AREN'T designated No Parking - Loading Zone or Emergency Vehicles Only. Park there & your car will be towed before you finish slipping your keys in your pocket.

The cost of living in the area is just horrible. I had considered moving there to be closer to members of my family, but they live in a two bedroom house that costs them more per month in *utilities* than I used to pay *per year* on a three bedroom home with a front & back yards, garage, & paved drive. It's not merely insane, it's disheartening to know that you can't live in the Bay area if you're not already making a few hundred thousand per year, especially not if you want such "luxuries" as food, internet service, a cellphone, or a life outside the office.

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EC cooking up rules change for aggressive tax avoiders

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It won't matter nor make a difference.

You put a minimum threshold of X on what triggers Official Notice, & they'll just make sure it never gets above X-1. It doesn't matter what amount X might be, if they never hit it then you'll never twig to the fact that they're fucking with the system.

Just stuff them aboard a "B Ark" and launch them into space. It won't matter where, the ship will be programmed to crash land & negate any chance of return.

Of course that may mean the REST of us are wiped out by a telephone-based plague, but at least we won't have to deal with tax cheats, telemarketers, insurance premium adjusters, used car salesmen, or anyone from Human Resources ever again...

I'll get my coat, it's the one with a copy of the HHGTTG in the pocket.

(Edited to restore the Title. For some reason it lost half of it.)

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Websites take control of USB devices: Googlers propose WebUSB API

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Re: You've gotta be joking!!

Along those lines, it also means that if their latest & greatest release they've put into their Live server to be pushed to the devices, is itself flawed, buggy, or breaks the device, you have no way of reverting back to an earlier version. While it may not be as whiz bang as the latest & greatest, it probably has the advantage of WORKING. So if you've been using v3 for months & they release v4, but v4 causes it to suddenly stop working (properly|at all), you can uninstall v4, reinstall v3, & get back to work.

But not if the only way to get the device to work is to connect it to a server that keeps feeding it a version that keeps it broken. They want to render the device useless, they stop providing a version of the driver that works.

If (as in the example you used) you bought something in $YearX, put it away, & don't get back to it until $YearX+n, then the included drivers may still function, even if you have to resort to a "compatability mode" in the OS to support it. But if you have to download the drivers from a server that no longer exists, you're holding a paperweight.

And what if the device is later declared illegal? Say the widget raises the ire of the MPAA/RIAA mafia & they get it classified as illegal. Any attempt by your computer to connect to their server to grab the hosted driver is proof that you're using contraband devices in flagrant violation of that law! Those JackBootedThugs kicking in your door are just a curtosy visit from said mafia to instruct you on why they're dragging you away. *Cough* Seriously though, if you live somewhere that declares the device illegal AFTER you bought it, any attempt by you to then USE it may get you declared a target. At least if you have the included local copy of the drivers, you could still use your property long after your government tries to call you a criminal.

Cynical? Not really. Consider a USB attached digital record player with software that automaticly converts the records to mp3. If you have a local copy of the driver you can use offline, then it doesn't matter what the RIAA might do in the halls of power, they'll never know you're using it unless they break down your door & catch you in the act. But if that device has to connect to a server just to function, and the RIAA is watching that server's log in record, then they have PROOF that you're using "illegal devices & technology" to pirate that record. Why should it go online at all? Ripping your music doesn't *need* the internet unless you instruct the software to check various databases to fill in the tag fields, otherwise you can do that yourself later, offline, anonymously if need be.

This WebUSB thing is just a FusterCluck waiting to happen. It's a nice theoretical concept, but the moment you actually go to USE it, the security flaws in it's current incarnation become so bleeding fekking obvious that even the BLIND GUY can see them.

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@Donn Bly.

1. This is not Windows Update, this is an individual device manufacturer not including a driver for a device they produce, instead requireing it be connected to the internet to get one. Updating Windows is doing just that, updating something that's already there. The idea in the article is NOT updating something already present, it's requiring you to go online to install it in the first place. Updating it afterwards would be understandable, but NOT having to go online to get any driver at all. Yes I have used Windows Update to *update* a driver, but not until that driver has *already* been installed on my computer. You can not update a driver that doesn't exist yet, you have to create it before you can update the creation.

2. No they probably do not want to maintain a server to update said hosted drivers to install "every time I reboot". But that means that the drivers they DO host are held hostage to the fact that you can't GET to them unless you've got the device in question connected to the internet & it's requesting the download. What if their server goes wonky? What if they turn it off or shut it down permanently? Where do you get the drivers then? Because the device won't have any locally to fall back upon, & there won't be any internet archive to browse. At least with a downloadable driver I can keep my own archive copy thereof, I can reinstall it if the software goes titsup, I have to reinstall my OS, or I switch computers, even if their server isn't available. Then they don't HAVE to maintain a full time server to host the files, we'll have already gotten a copy of the driver included with the device when we bought it - perhaps on a driver CD or maybe even on a USB key. Then it doesn't matter if WE have an internet connection nor if THEY remember to pay their provider, we've still got something to install.

3. I would also welcome a secure solution, but this concept isn't it. Is it connecting via HTTPS? Is it using a 256bit encryption? Does it sign the driver so we can verify it's authenticity? Because if any of those answers is NO then we have nothing. What's to stop a MITM attack from causing what we THINK is a legit driver download from actually being a virus instead? If the device is only allowed to grab a driver by itself, then we have no way of making sure it DOES. If we've been given a local copy of a driver on cd when we bought the product, we can scan it for virus infections before installing it. If we can independantly download a driver from their site, we can have it scanned for virus infections once it's done. If we don't get a file we can scan, then how can we tell what the device is running came from the manufacturer & not some hacker crew in outer Elbonia? Hint: you can't. YOU may be fine with not knowing where the driver came from, verifying it's security, & running arbitrary code, but Security conscious folks are not.

You might want to try some critical thinking before you try blasting away. Your aim was perfectly fine if you were aiming at your own foot.

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Where to begin?

1. I want drivers to install locally, not a requirement that I be able to go online to get them. What if the computer the device is connect to is itself unable to get on the web? You know, like that USB Gigabit LAN dongle I want to use to bypass the broken one on the laptop needs to have drivers BEFORE I can get online.

2. I like to have my anti virus & anti malware programs scan the drivers before I install them, just to make sure nobody has pulled a fast one with a bit of unauthorized jiggery pokery. I can't DO that if the only place to get the driver is online AFTER I've connected the device the drivers are for. How am I supposed to make sure you're not ramming some pile of shit down my computer's throat?

3. What if I don't WANT the device to be able to phone home, go online, or otherwise communicate with anything other than the computer to which it's attached? If I buy a temperature sensor that allows me to find out what my CPU is currently idling at, I don't want nor need it to go online just to find drivers, talk to some cloudy service, & spaf lord knows what information to whom.

You may CLAIM the device will only be able to communicate to a specific server & download specific software, but unless *I* say it can go online at all, then how the fek do you propose I get the drivers for it? How about you include them to begin with, & then let US update them later online if WE choose to do so? Better is if we can visit the manufacturer's site, find the device drivers, download a copy, & take it from the online connected machine to the one where the device is located, to apply said driver *offline*.

Your WebUSB api is a nice concept, it certainly would make it easier for you to make sure the device software is current, but it's an absolute security nightmare for the rest of us. I want control of where, when, & *IF* my devices connect to the internet, and want to make *damn* sure that they're not opening security holes through my defenses that'll send all my data to some scumball.

Can you ensure my privacy & security? Because if not then I'll not be connecting your device to my computer.

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Dear Windows, OS X folks: Update Flash now. Or kill it. Killing it works

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Re: Genuine query

Just don't install anything that can run Flash, then you won't have to worry if an exploit can ruin your day.

If your system can't run Flash, then all the exploits that rely on it to infect you have to go infect someone else. You can't run the container, thus the shit inside it can't splatter all over you.

Flash: just don't.

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Neighbour sick of you parking in his driveway? You'd better hack-proof your car

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He won't do it for long...

I will ask politely Once, a little less so on the Second happening, & not at all on the Third. After that I will reach for the sledgehammer. It won't happen a Fifth time. MUH Hahahahahaha.

I'll get my coat, it's the one with the safety gloves & goggles in the pocket.

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Angry Vodafone customers spark Ofcom probe after phone bill overcharge snafu

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Re: Vodafone overcharged me by £200++

Sounds like my experience with Verizon here in the States.

I point blank ask when my contract expired so that I could switch to a new carrier, they tell me Feb 14, so I switch on the 15th. Two days later I get a message from Verizon that I now owe them nearly $300 in ETF & to pay immediately. I debate the charge on the grounds of their previous comments, they claim the other phone CSR was mistaken, & that the ETF is valid. I tell them to bugger off as I refuse to pay *any* EFT at all, and the phone CSR starts saying something about them just auto-submitting the bill to the card I have on file as the payment method. I laughed & told them to go ahead & try, since it was a *CreditCard* & covered by Visa, I could claim the charges were fraud, get them refunded, & leave Verizon to explain why they had attempted to charge for something they no longer were authorized to even consider. It's now been two months & I've yet to hear from Verizon nor get any notices from my credit monitoring service, so I'll consider Verizon as properly chuffed, stuffed, & given The Finger.

It seems *ALL* the cellphone carriers need a serious lesson in Customer Service, simple math, & why attempting to shaft your customers is a great way for them to decide to NOT be your customer anymore.

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Iceland prime minister falls on sword over Panama Papers email leak

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A bunch of politicians lied?

Well I'm shocked, SHOCKED that such a thing could ever happen in this day & age of ethical, moral, legal, & socially upstanding folks in power.

*Head explodes from the sarcasm*

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Furious English villagers force council climbdown over Satan's stone booty

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nijam, re speed bumps.

Speed bumps are only good for one thing & that's catching air time off of when you hit one at high speed & become momentarily airbourne.

We know we're SUPPOSED to slow down for the damned things, but whom can resist the urge to hit the gas & give a delighted whoop of glee at the sudden feeling of seeming weightlessness?

And then the idiots in power wonder why nobody wants to walk in the zebra crossing on the other side?

*Cackle*

I'll get my coat, it's the one with the crash test manniquin in the pockets. =-)p

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Adobe will track you across all your devices with new co-op project

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@noj, Re: Note to Adobe.

While I can't comment on how effective the following might be for other browsers, I can attest that it's done wonders for IE11 on Win7Pro64. That said, the same tactics *should* work in other browsers as well, but I make no claims to how well it will work (if at all).

Under the browser options, security, and select the internet zone.

Go through the entire option tree disabling all the scripting, activex, java, java scripting, etc, & setting them all to disabled (not merely to be prompted before running, but entirely disabled).

When you get to the misc section at the end, disable the ability to load anything from anywhere other than the original domain, meaning no third party content will be displayed.

Last but not least, turn the cookies policy to prompt for first party cookies, auto reject all third party cookies, to block location requests, and then save the settings.

Reboot the browser, clear the cache, temp files, cookies, & go visit a site you like. If it asks for a first party cookie *and you have to log in to the site for normal use* (like a bank, a comment forum, etc) then accept it & log in as usual, otherwise block the cookie. If you check that "remember my choice & don't ask me again for this domain" box, then that's one cookie you'll want to keep. All the third party tracking cookies will never get set, all the third party content never gets loaded, and all the scripts get a feisty "Fuck You!" from a browser that refuses to even make the fetch request. If you visit a site, disable the cookie permanently, and it decides to not play nice, consider that reason enough to find another source for the content. Places like news sites will be scraped by the search engine of your choice, a plain text/text only cache of it thus available, & the content retrieved without having to play the "Is the code they're feeding me secure or will it trash my system?" whack-a-mole game.

There are some sites that I *need* to visit that do *NOT* like this set up, so for those I add them to the "trusted" zone instead where the permissions are less restrictive. But they *STILL* get gone over with a fine toothed comb to determine what aspects have to be enabled for the site to function, and a site-specific set of permissions generated JUST for that site. It's a pain in the keister, but it stops the crap from getting in & that's a huge sigh of relief.

TL;DR: change your browser settings & permissions to stop all the scripts, disallow everything but first party cookies, & never load third party content. That stops random scripts from running, stops the tracker cookies from being set, & stops some douchebag WebDev from loading content hosted from a shady server they have no control over.

Hope that helps.

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Re: Note to Adobe:

Here Here! Couldn't have said it better myself!

Enjoy a pint on me for every up vote the system won't let me give you; I just hope you don't die from the alcohol poisoning. =-Jp

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How one developer just broke Node, Babel and thousands of projects in 11 lines of JavaScript

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Re: Timing

Exactly. If he published his code before the company was official then he can turn the whole thing on it's head & sue them for the very thing they're claiming he's done.

I hope he can, does, wins, & gets enough in damages/penalties to put the bastards out of business.

Yes an application developer deserves to be paid for their hard work, but not if you're doing it by shafting the programmers that make your code possible in the first place.

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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@2460 Something, re: screen readers.

After all the "fun" you had in setting up a computer to use a screen reader, imagine all the "joy" your friend will have in *using* the thing. It's hard enough for you sighted folk to do this sort of work, it's infinitely more difficult to purge your computer of the various "Get Windows 10" scumware when you can only DO that IF the screen reader can & will parse the bits you need to know about in order to kill them.

It's playing an infinite game of Whack-A-Mole when you can't even see the board to whack the moles when they appear. =-(

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'Just give me any old date and I'll make it work' ... said the VB script to the coder

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@Joeldillon, re: dates.

The U.S. Military uses that format all the time.

It's just Civilians that tend not to, mores the pity.

=-J

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Hey Windows 10, weren't you supposed to help PC sales?

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My next machine will be a desktop.

I want a main board capable of supporting at least 32GiB of RAM, a quad core CPU that runs at least 3GHz, a dedicated Gigabit LAN port, and enough room for a fat SSD.

Right now if I want that in a laptop then I'm going to pay through the nose, but if I want that as a desktop then the manufacturers will nearly fall all over themselves to make the sale.

I can get more bang for my buck through a desktop, can increase the warranty period to greater than a mere year with the money I save versus getting a laptop, and can expect the machine to still be running long after said warranty expires.

In order to get a laptop that'll last as long I've got to go the Thinkpad route, & Lenovo seems intent on charging a pretty penny for the "honour" of getting my hands on one.

Screw that.

I want something with specs that will maul whatever I throw at it, Gigabit LAN so I can connect to the network without paying for a dongle to replace a function they've eliminated under the guise of "thin & light", and don't want to pay an arm, leg, tentacle, nor First Bourn Child to acquire.

Is it _really_ so difficult to understand that I want a machine that Just Works, lets me Get Shit Done, & doesn't get in the way?

Because I'll be buying said desktop as one *WITHOUT* any Windows on it Thankyouverymuch, I'll purchase it through one of the vendors that will put some form of *Nix on it, configure it so it Works Out Of The Box, & doesn't piss me off like my current Windows machine.

I don't want to spend the first part of my morning (each & every bloody morning) checking Windows Update for the latest disguised scumware-cum-security-patch, I don't want to waste my time on an OS that keeps thinking it can do whatever the hell it likes with MY computer, and I want a machine that doesn't phone home every time I blink or (not) look at it funny.

So those analysts may have gotten something right for a change: desktops might decline because Win10 runs on older hardware, but I no longer care.

I'll still buy a desktop, it just won't come with Windows on it.

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Solus: A welcome ground-up break from the Linux herd

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Re: I'd be interested...

Yes I've tried adriane before but it blew a gasket when trying to use the on-board sound chip from my last system.

I'll have to give it a try on this machine (Intel NUC, i5, 8GiB RAM, 240GiB SSD, no WiFi) to find out if it plays nice this time.

Thanks for the reminder!

*Hands you a pint & lifts a tankard in toast*

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@Mage, Re: Flat is bad.

Keeping in mind that I'm totally blind & can't see such visual elements anymore to know from first hand experience, why is a flat (non eye candy bloated & animations fubar'ed) UI a bad thing?

Wouldn't a simple list of plain text links presented as standard hyperlinks, separated by a vertical line ("|") be sufficient to differentiate where each command resides & the area from which to trigger it?

A traditional Alt+F opened File Menu that uses the arrow keys to scroll through the Headings (Edit, View, Tools, Options, etc) or the Menus (New, Open, Save, Save As, etc) be as basic & intuitive as it gets, saving as much computational resources from rendering the eye candy to process the important stuff instead?

I vaguely remember the visual appearance of Windows 1.x, 2.x, & 3.x days, and while they weren't great from a purely asthetic POV, they were intuitively functional otherwise. Keyboard shortcuts that just worked, menus you could navigate with ease, & very little bloat to fubar the UI.

So how is a "flat" UI a bad thing exactly?

I agree that the Win8.x & "modern" UI concepts were absolute FusterClucks no matter how you interacted with them (or couldn't interact with them as the case turned out to be), but those still have 3D eye candy elements to them...

Just wondering.

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@tnovelli, Re: Python.

It could be worse, it could be written in BASIC with a zillion GOTO's, GOSUB's, nested FOR NEXT Looped bits, & variables with names like $ZYXCBA321BecauseIcan...

Now stop whining or I'll make you code up an OS using nothing but the Logo "Turtle" style commands.

=-)p

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I'd be interested...

I've just sent them an email asking if the distro has a Screen Reader Environment (SRE) for use by the blind & visually impaired, or if it can accept running a SRE from another distro.

I'd love to give this a try but need to know if there's a SRE in there somewhere that'll talk to me from the get-go.

I know there are distros like Vinux & Sonar, but I've not had any luck with them thus far.

If this one has a SRE that works, then maybe I can finally ween myself off Windows!

*Comical swoon*

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Blah Blah blah ... I don't care! To hell with your tech marketing bull

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Dear Trevor, *HUGS*.

Prometheus may have gone "over the Rainbow Bridge" to the land of milk, honey, gooshy food, & squeaky toys, but the memories will live on in your heart. Kitty will vouch your entry as a Good Friend & Loved Minion, thus ensuring the two of you will be reunited once it's your own time to cross that bridge.

Consider yourself hugged the squeak out of, a blanket tucked in around you, & a batch of freshly baked, home made cookies left where you can reach them. They'll help comfort you as you heal, & know that our vibes & warm fuzzies go out to you.

*Lifts a glass in toast of Dear Prometheus*

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@BitDr, Very well said!

Thank you for saying it so nicely.

I'll raise a toast to the dear departed Prometheus, and give a moment of silence over the loss.

Trevor, may your heart heal with the knowledge that your Feline Overlord is now up there looking down upon you & praising your Faithful Minion status to all the other Feline Overlords.

Your grief & pain will eventually lessen to the point where you can function once more, and the memories hugged about you to keep you warm.

The rest of your post is spot on & deserves a line-by-line upvote, unfortunately I have only one vote to give.

*HUGS*

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Spanish cops discover illegally parked flying car

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Re: There are some people you just don't want to piss off

I can attest to the usefulness of those lifts for mischievious purposes.

I was working at a contractor supply distributor & got to watch as a disgruntled employee used one of the lifts to hoist some twit's car up to an interior roof where he promptly *welded* the car in place. Once he was sure the car would stay put, he lowered the lift & drove it away, leaving the car happily hugging the ceiling.

The guy whom owned the car nearly shat his knickers when he found his car, the employee had a good laugh, & the boss nearly fired them both.

Don't piss off people with power tools. You may find your property in places never imagined.

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SCO vs. IBM looks like it's over for good

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"SCO is dead!" Uh huh, we've heard THAT before.

Please forgive me for not putting any faith in such proclamations, they've been made repeatedly before & always turn out to be false.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'll go make up another bunch of popcorn as this glacier-slow FusterCluck continues to play out.

It'll probably still be going long after I've died & started wearing pants.

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My devil-possessed smartphone tried to emasculate me

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My favorite phone was a Nokia.

I don't remember the model but I can describe it as follows:

Shaped like a candy bar with a postage stamp sized screen above a standard telephone keypad. Rotate it 90degrees to the left, flip it open like a butterfly, & the screen display auto-rotated to match & the two interior halves of the phone had a full QWERTY keyboard split across it. You could type with your thumbs at a very nice clip as the buttons were decently large & had a decent domed top, so finding one key beside another was doable blindfolded. You could still use the standard telephone keypad to TAP9 out your messages, but it was SO damned easy to just flip it open & begin typing.

That phone was way too damned useful, especially after I found a third party vendor with a battery shell that clipped into where the normal battery sat, except the shell accepted standard DoubleA batteries. I could leave a set of four rechargeables in a pocket for when the main died, swap the two when needed, & recharge the main before the spare ran dry. I could go for a week on either set, so the two together only had me needing to charge it about twice a month.

Granted, it was only a Feature Phone & not up to today's video streaming, web browsing, NFC bonking, social media spaffing, games playing, "Personal Voice Assistant" TomFoolery, but damn it it made excellent voice calls, made sending text messages a breeze, & Just Worked. I would love to have something similar but with today's cellular frequencies supported. Fitting it in a pocket wasn't a problem, stopping others from stealing it in jealousy was.

*Wistful sigh*

Damn you WhipperSnappers & your newfangled SmartyPantsPhones! Back in my day we had a bunch of rocks to bang together REAL LOUDLY and that's the way we LIKED it!

*Shakes a palsied fist*

Now get off my line!

=-)p

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The paperless office? Don’t talk sheet

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Re: Getting there slowly

My personal cellphone is for my personal use. If my employer wishes to provide me with a company cellphone for business reasons that's fine, but I refuse to let my personal phone be used for my employer's cost saving initiative by being such cheap bloody arseholes that they make me use my own phone to answer THEIR calls.

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FTDI boss hits out at 'Chinese criminal gang' pumping knock-off chips

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A question for those that know more...

Why can't FTDI write a program to test a given device's supposedly FTDI branded chips to make sure they're real?

All it needs do is return a "Yes, it's one of ours" or a "Nope, we didn't make it" reply, then the customer with the evidently faked chip including device can immediately return the device for a refund citing that fact.

Couple that program with the drivers doing the same thing & simply refusing to work with the fakes (not bricking them, not injecting false data, just flat-out refusing to work, Period.), the customer would then return the product to the place of purchase & demand a refund. YES, purchasing online would make that a bit more difficult, but a quick call to your CC issuer to contest the purchased device as having been fraudulently advertised (it's not a real FTDI chip after all) should get the charges reversed in the seller's face like a brick wall to the nose.

Wouldn't writing a simple validation program that the customer can run, and having the driver refuse to work *at all* with the fakes, be an infinitely saner & ethical solution?

Or am I missing something obvious?

I don't mind if you disagree & down vote this, but at least have the decency to leave a reply as to WHY. If I have inaccurate information at my disposal that you can correct, yet you refuse to DO so, then is it my fault I'm using info I believe to be accurate (like I'm running a real FTDI chipped device) or YOU for not helping to show me how it's false?

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It's 2016 and a font file can own your computer

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@Stuart Longland, re: Fonts.

Even before I went blind & could still see for fonts to matter, I disabled the ability to download fonts from websites as a massive security risk. You have no control over what that supposed "font" package might contain, the system doesn't properly scan it for nasty bits, & if it causes your system to get holed there's not much you can do to fix it. (It CAN be fixed, but it's closing the barn door after the horse has bolted; it's easier to close that door in the first place & never let the font in to begin with.)

As I mentioned in my original post, the fact that you set your browser to ignore the fonts & font sizes on sites to use the system defaults instead means you're never left at the mercy of some dingleberry of a WebDev whom thinks it funny to try to force you to use some bastardized version of WingDings in 6point type, or suddenly shove a 99999point explosion down your optic nerves. You don't have to zoom in/out to see it, you don't have to curse their existence for their choice of fonts, and you're not open to the security nightmare that is the downloading of unvetted code to be run in RING0.

I'm sure that there are valid reasons for wanting a specific font/size/style on a site, but I can't imagine any that trump my security policy of refusing to let that Trojan Horse in through the gates.

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Disable font downloading.

Find the browser option to control downloading fonts, disable it, and then set it to use the default system fonts to render everything instead.

If your browser has Accessibility options, set them to ignore the fonts on the sites & just render in the system default.

The end result is that you get the same clarity of text across your surfing & don't have to constantly zoom in/out to try & find all the stupidly (mal)formed bits.

YES it will sometimes break a site's WebDev's pretty layout, but if they're forcing you to view it with a specific font, they've obviously never gotten past the days of "Best if viewed at $Resolution on $Browser" levels of incompetency & deserve to be mocked out of a job.

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Fleet of 4.77MHz LCD laptops with 8088 CPUs still alive after 30 years

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Just wait...

...until Redmond insists they're able to be upgraded to Windows 10...

I'll get my coat, it's the one with the gigabytes worth of double sided floppies in the pockets.

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SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit

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@allthecoolshortnamesweretaken, re: spankings.

Damn it, you owe me a new keyboard! I heard your post & then heard my mind offering up the spanking scene from the Castle Anthrax Nuns. You bastard! =-D Hahahahaha

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Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop?

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@Ketlan, re: reaction...

Just for shits & giggles I went through the configurator & selected the most expensive option possible. While the resulting specs are <DarthVader>Impressive... Most. Impressive</DarthVader>, the sticker shock was enough to make me cackle in "Is THAT all? Why, at that price I'll take TWO!" style maniacal laughter. =-J

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

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Dear Advertisers...

I'll stop blocking you when you stop being privacy raping security nightmares.

Until then, go fuck yourselves.

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